The Newports - Photo Courtesy of George M. Guilmet
George , John, Leon, and Mike.
The Newports
Seattle, Washington
1963 - 1965


Mike Beck* ~ Bass
Tom Blessing ~ Saxophone
Stan Carr ~ Vocals
Jerry Chichetti ~ Acoustic guitar, Vocals
George M. Guilmet* ~ Keyboards, Vocals
John Kennedy* ~ Drums
Leon Robert Mc Neal* ~ Guitar
Dwight R. Peterson ~ Saxophone
Ralph Roy Shelton III (Tray Shelton) ~ Drums

* Original Members

In Memory of

Tom Blessing
Leon McNeal
John Kennedy

I started and led the Newports in 1963.  I left it to join Mr. Clean and the Cleansers in 1964.  The Newports carried on for a couple of more years after I left.  Mike Beck and John Kennedy from the Brave New World were in the band when I was.   Also, Tom Blessing (Tom Thumb) of Tom Thumb and the Casuals.  He played sax and sang in the Newports before releasing the record "Movin' On."

Dr. George M. Guilmet, February 2005

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Last Update:  6 May 2011
Credits: George Guilmet, Ph.D., Jerry Chichetti
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